Originally posted by Hefficide
reply to post by Samuelis
Humans are different, alone, in the sense that they can predict the result of their acts. Grazing animals don't have the capacity to think "What if all the grass is gone one day?" They just graze. This applies to all known biological organisms except humans. Some of the higher mammals tend to display some understanding that we might recognize... for example, elephants have been proven to mourn their dead. But can they foresee potentials, beyond a reactive level? I think only we possess that.
So we are animals with an apparently unique ability to see forward. Does that imply responsibility? Darwin would sprain his brain on this one I think because this creates a conflict in selective reproduction. The "fittest" right now are the ones willing to plunder the resources and destroy the future. This happens to be in direct conflict with natural selections primary function - continuation of the species. Dueling imperatives... personal gratification versus longevity as a species.
From what I've seen and experienced, I'd say the future isn't so bright after all. The desire for gratification seems to overpower the purpose of natural selection. Maybe it even replaces it.
In the long run, whether we survive as a species or not is utterly irrelevant. The earth will live out its lifespan, as will our sun and our galaxy. In the scheme of things... we're not even a bug on the windshield of the bigger picture. Therefore any implied responsibility is illusory. That is not to say it isn't also noble - but it is superfluous when compared to the whole.
Originally posted by Unity_99
Oh, I misread it. Humans have a huge responsiblity to wake up, and work for the happiness and equality of all, and to see through all the ISMS and politics and to denounce renounce primitive jungle beast mentatlity of dog eat dog and social darwinism, unless they want to inherit a primitive savage world next time round.